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Lyon really does represent the best things about France; arguably the finest cuisine in the world, beautiful classical French architecture, pavement cafes, perfectly manicured parks and even a World Heritage listed old town.  Paris might have the romance, Nice the beach, but Lyon has the food.  If you’re after a good meal, then look no further than France’s third-largest city. The gastronomy capital of the world, Michelin starred eateries, cafes and bistros abound. Not to mention, the city’s own traditional restaurants, known as bouchons offer up a healthy serving of hearty Lyonnaise cuisine such as coq au vin, all washed down with a glass of red – well this is Beaujolais country after all. You’ll find markets galore selling everything. 

This World Heritage listed old town is a delight of Renaissance gems, Gothic cathedrals and medieval churches, with many of the buildings doubling up as boutique hotels and restaurants. And as France’s third-largest city, you can expect the usual assortment of museums and cultural diversions.  This cosmopolitan city has a mix of everything from traditional pubs, wine bars, jazz cafes and even the odd riverboat-cum-nightclub or two, bobbing about on the River Rhone.

January 2017
Watch 350 hardy souls swim 8kms upstream along the Rhone as it traverses Lyon on 15th January. The "Traversée de Lyon à la nage" starts at 10am and you can watch from any of the river banks or bridges. See traverseelyon.nap.free.fr .

January 2017
The Henri Matisse exhibition at the Beaux-Arts museum runs until 6th March (closed Tuesdays) with 250 of his drawings on display tracing his artistic development throughout his career. More info from www.mba-lyon.fr .

April 2016
Annecy, 1 hour 30 minutes by car from Lyon, is a stunning min-Venice complete with canals, tiny bridges, 12th century buildings and a crowd of bars and restaurants. The lake offers swimming, boating, pedalos, cycling, sun-bathing and pleasure cruises.

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